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Palm Beach Post, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 18 13.N Record Election Turnout Predicted In St. Lucie -a . ir. r- n, . ...... - i s Jr " 1 I aw Adklns Jr., a Democrat from Gainesville for the Group 2 seat. Some political prognostica-tors say third party presidential candidate George Wallace will carry the county. However, local Republicans claim they are cutting Into the Wallace strength and said Saturday, alone, they distributed over 4,000 pieces of Nixon literature from GOP the school superintendent job on the GOP ticket. He Is opposed by Lawrence Terry, a Democrat and principal of Dan McCarty High School. With recent federal demands that the county's schools be totally integrated by next school term, the two men have had to cope with questions of racial equality In the classroom and how It will be achieved. Veteran officer J. R. Nor- vell, a Democrat, is seeking his fifth term as sheriff. His Republican opponent Paul Kingrey has accused the incumbent sheriff of not cracking down on narcotic traffic. On the statewide level, David L. McCain, a former Fort Pierce city attorney and now a judge of the 4th District Court of Appeals, is expected to carry this county handily in his quest for the Supreme Court. He opposes Judge James C. Staff Photo by Iz Nartiman Charles Maxson, superintendent of the road and bridge department in the Glades area, are shown here watching Henry Harvard RBD employe, of 529 SW Ave. C, Belle Glade, test the mower at the edge of a sugar cane field. NEW MOWER TESTED In an attempt to eliminate Napier grass and other weeds in the Glades area, the Palm Beach County Road and Bridge Department has purchased a hydraulic slope mower at a cost of $7,500. John H. Causey, assistant county agricultural agent, left, and High Hopes Raised For Operation Oj New Hydraulic Slope Mower ; - "V-. (I .. . FORT PIERCE One of the biggest elections in St. Lucie County history is predicted today. Poll watchers say that almost 75 per cent of the county's 22,089 voters will go to the polls. Supervisor of Elections Glenn Huff, seeking re-election himself, Is expecting between 16,000 and 17,000 people to turn out. Huff also said that a record breaking number of absentee ballots have been mailed out, well over 1,100. He was expecting about 800 of these to be returned. A full slate of candidates, Including the three-way presidential race, the free-swinging LeRoy Collins Ed Gurney battle for the U.S. Senate, several hot contests for county offices and the constitutional revision issue have focused attention on the election. In addition, the county has more voters than ever before. New voters signed up In droves following the May primaries, raising the registration lists by more than 10 per cent In just a few months. The St. Lucie County electors will have more than 30 pointers to flip on the voting machines from president to the final name on the ballot, A. Gerald Weatherington, an unopposed Democrat seeking the post of county surveyor. Twenty-two races are opposed and there are nine unopposed candidates. Democrats still swing the most votes in St. Lucie County with 17,474 registered voters to the Republicans 4,307 and 308 Independents. However in recent elections, St. Lucie County voters supported Republican Gov. Claude Kirk, sent a Republican representative to Tallahassee, put two Republicans on the school board and just missed being for GOP presidential candadate Barry Gold-water by a scant 100 votes In the last presidential election. One of the races generating the most interest locally Is for state representative from the 75th House District. Incumbent Charles Nergard, a Republican, has been challenged by late-comer Mrs. Marjorie Silver. Mrs. Silver, a county commissioner, was nominated by the St. Lucie County Democratic Executive Committee after the party's original nom-' inee, Robert L. Griffin stepped down in September. Also, livening considerable Interest are the races for superintendent of schools and county sheriff. J. Walter Hebb, present county tax assessor, is seeking 4 Counties Forecast Heavy Vote Record turnouts at the polls are expected today In the four Everglades counties of Glades, Hendry, Okeechobee and Highlands. model the ball park on Flagler Avenue. The City of Stuart will provide the necessary equipment to remove the wreckage, according to acting city manager Edwin Glasscock. BLEACHER WRECKAGE The old wooden bleachers at Stuart's Sailfish Park have been demolished, and soon new bleachers will be erected. Volunteers, headed by Clifford Rollins, are working to re- Federal Loan Awarded Gifford's Water System i well as the county to cooperate in an attempt to eliminate the N apier grass problem. The program within the county, Causey explained, will save money in more than one way. The cost of chemical control of the weeds has become prohibitive with the increase in the price of the necessary Hearing Set For Water Rate Boost By JACK HARPER Tallahassee Bureau TALLAHASSEE (AFN) -The Florida Public Service Commission is to conduct a hearing Nov. 20 at West Palm Beach on the application of Belvedere Water Co. for an Increase in sewer rates. PSC Chairman William Mayo said Monday the hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. in Room 402 at the Palm Beach County Courthouse. The water company has been ordered by the commission to notify each of its customers through the mail of the proposed increase in rates and charges for sewer services. Rate increases, requested by the company, include: Minimum charges per month for one bathroom homes consuming 6,000 gallons of water or less to $5.50, compared to $3.50. Minimums for one bathroom consuming more than 6,000 gallons of water monthly, $6.00 from $4.00. For each additional bathroom per month, $1.00 from 50 cents. The company also Is applying for increases for sewer service lor customers where water service Is not being sup-piled from $5.50 to $7.50 per month. It is asking to increase the deposit to guarantee payment from $5.00 to $20. 19 Junk Vehicles Removed In Martin STUART Nineteen Junk vehicles were removed from streets in Booker Park during the weekend clean-up drive In the western county neighborhood, Lester Sherer, Martin County mosquito control director, said Monday. Equipment from Sherer's department was used to tow Junk vehicles away In the first In a series of clean-up drives. James Elijah is chairman of a group of Booker Park residents who are participating in the campaign. Vehicles were taken to the county dump on West Farm Road near Indiantown. . m-f. i a Utilities, Inc., said the utility system, to be located south of N. Glfford Road and west of 33rd Avenue, will serve approximately 85 per cent of the residents. Five companies bid on the installation, but the low bid of $203,000, the combination of components of two firms' bids, was accepted. Items 1 through 4 on the bid County's Property Worth $9 Million chemicals. By eliminating the weed, Causey said, the cost of planting sugar cane will be reduced. The Napier grass poses a problem when the cane is being cut, and it also reduced the productivity of the original planting. The better grades of cane GOP Loses On Voting STUART Circuit Court Judge Wallace Sample Monday denied a last minute request by the office manager of the Martin County Republican Party to inspect the voting machines. Programs Outlined By Chamber STUART An aviation program is planned for the Stuart Chamber of Commerce's "expanded program of work," chamber president Ralph Randall said Monday. "The aviation group will possibly work as a subcommittee under a transportation committee," Randall said. "A 'sun-downers club,' a weekend safety program, has been suggested," Randall added. The chamber Is mailing a membership opinion survey this week with members being asked to state committee preferences. "More members serving on committees is the key to an expanded program," Randall said. "While we intend to have a working board, each director will need volunteers to assist in his particular area of responsibility." Randall pointed out that transportation is an important factor in the economic development. "We have Interstate 95 to be concerned with, as well as other needed roads and bridges." Added to the expanded program of work, along with the aviation group, will be a sports and recreation committee, and a civic club llaslon group is planned. Other areas of chamber effort where committee volunteers are needed are beautifi-'catlon, education, youth, new business (retail and industry), tourism, publicity, advertising and waterways. Retailers are being asked to list particular projects they think would help them most. The Stuart Retail Merchants Association Is a division of the chamber with headquarters and staffed by the chamber personnel. At a preconstmctlon conference held at City Hall Friday, Wright said, It was decided to start the work by laying storm drainage outfalls at the canal on North 18th Street and working northward Into the project area. The same method will be used at N. 21st Street and working northward from the canal. Wright said a power pole relocation contract was awarded to Georgia Electric Co. for approximately $20,000. That work will proceed Jointly with the progress of the road, he said. The road contract was awarded with a one year's completion time. Work Is expected to commence on November 13. will generally produce for five years on a single planting, the county agent said. He estimated the cost of a "good operation" at $125 per acre. If the first planting is not endangered with the weeds, the cost of keeping the fields clean is reduced and productivity remains high. Suit Machines Thomas C. Jones, represented by Attorney James Littman, filed a writ of mandamus In Circuit Court here Monday against Mis. Isabel Evans Smith, supervisor of elections. Jones claimed in the complaint that he was denied the right to operate the voting machines last Saturday when Mrs. Smith sealed and certified the machines. The request for a random check of machines Monday to see if they were in proper working order was denied by Judge Sample. Martin County Atty. Dean Tooker represented Mrs. Smith at the noon hearing in Indian River County courthouse, Vero Beach. Mrs. Smith said Jones, Littman and other Republicans, along with representatives of the George Wallace Party, were present for the sealing of machines Saturday. All requests were complied with at the time, Mrs. Smith said. A legal notice was published by Mrs. Smith in a local newspaper on Oct. 31 which notified the public that the voting machines were to be sealed and certified at 9 a.m. Nov. 2 at the courthouse. Voting begins at 7 a.m. today in the county's 17 precincts and continues until 7 p.m. An estimated 80 per cent of the eligible 12,551 are expected to cast ballots. Corn, Meat Saved After Rigs Crash SOUTH BAY - Approximately 100 crates of sweet corn and an unestimated amount of meat was salvaged northwest of here Monday when two trucks were In collision at the Intersection of the South Shore Camp Road and Corkscrew Boulevard Old Highway 27. Florida Highway Patrol trooper G. L. McLain said a truck belonging to the Billy Rogers Farm was being operated by Suber Jones, 25, of 9th Ave. It flipped and came to a stop on the old highway. The second vehicle, carrying the fresh meat, was driven by Frank Bates Jr., 37, of 1125 W. 26th Court, Riviera Beach. It is owned by Smith, Richardson and Conroy, of 1210 W. 13th St., Riviera Beach. McClaln said the brakes on the truck carrying 200 crates of com apparently failed as the driver neared the Intersection. Jones attempted to make a right turn onto Old Highway 27 and as the loaded truck entered the highway Its momentum carried Into the left rear of the vehicle driven by Bates. The trooper estimated half of the load of com was lost. The meat shipment was salvaged when a second truck from the East Coast firm was dispatched here to unload the shipment. Jones was cited for exceeding the safe speed. BylZNACIIMW (.lades Bureau ChL-f BELLE GLADE A hydraulic slope mower that may save sugar cane growers from 25 to 33 1-3 per cent on the cost of their planting operations, Is now in use in the Glades area. According to associate county agent John II. Causey, the slope mower, that is designed to cut Napier grass maiden cane to the water level of the area drainage canals was purchased by the Palm Beach County Road and Bridge Department in an attempt to cut the operation cost of the industry that adds more than $100,000,000 annually to the economy of the county. Charles Maxson, who is in charge of the road and bridge department office here, said the new mower was purchased at a cost of approximately $7,500. Causey said the mower may assist in the elimination of the Napier grass, and other weeds, that not only pose a problem to the growers of sugar cane but to the produce growers, who are faced with weed control. The Napier grass was originally introduced to Ihe Glades about 40 years ago when bean growers were faced with a wind break problem and the South American grass was reported to be Ideal for the feeding of beef and dairy cattle. Within recent years, Causey explained, the grass now known as maiden cane has taken over along certain canal and ditch banks and now the pollination problem has proved an additional burden to the ever-growing sugar cane industry. Causey said the new machine will do as much work in an eight-hour day as ten county road prisoners will accomplish in eight days. Estimating the cost of prison labor at $5 per day, the saving over a year's time will more than pay for the initial machine plus others that may be purchased by the county commission, if the first experiment proves beneficial. County commissioner E. VV. Weaver, who was asked about the cutter, explained the floating-type blade makes It possible to cut the Napier grass so close to the ground that repeated operations will curtail the growth and the propagation of the seed will be minimized and eventually eliminated. Within recent weeks, the Florida Sugar Cane League, Inc., with headquarters in Clewiston, has requested the State Float) Department, the central and southern Florida Flood Control District, and other drainage districts, as Fisherman Believed Drowned VERO BEACH - A Vero Beach man, w ho had been the object of a search by four area rescue units since Saturday was thought Monday to have drowned. i. rl Leitch, t9, of Live Road, and Harold Brown, also of Vero Beach, capsized their small 16-foot boat Saturday about 22 feet west of Sebastian Inlet bridge. Brown's 16-year-old son and a fisherman, Henry J. Gill, who were fishing In the vicinity hauled Brown into their craft. The search for Leitch was not started until Brown regained consciousness, about three hours later In the Indian River Memorial Hospital. Two helicopters from Patrick Air Force Base and three Coast Guard cutters from the unit based In Fort Pierce were Immediately summoned by the Indian River County Sheriff's Department to aid in the search for the lost man. GIFFORD The Urban Development Utilities, Inc., was awarded a $30,000 Federal loan for Glfford s first water system, which will cost over $200,000. William T. Shaddlck, Florida State Director for the Farmers Home Administration, said loan funds totaling $4,507,500 and grant funds totaling $399,010 have been reserved for 28 rural communities for the development of water or sewer systems during fiscal 1969. Shaddlck said last weekend the projects would be financed by funds previously authorized and by a $50 million increase in the agency's insurance level. "Installation of these rural community facilities has been a substantial factor In enabling these communities to attract new business and Industry In rural areas," said Shaddlck. Samuel Hunter, principal of Glfford High School and head of the Urban Development Vero Driver Hurt; Car Hits Bridge FORT PIERCE - A 17-year-old Vero Beach youth was treated and released from Fort Pierce Memorial Hospital after he was reportedly forced to drive his 1965 Volkswagen Into a bridge railing to avoid colliding with two other cars. Treated for shock was Daniel W. Lanier of 2740 Seventh Place, who told Florida Highway Patrol Troopers M. A. Macklnlay and M. D. Boze-man that he saw two cars coming at him side by side across the bridge. The troopers reported Lanier said lie swerved to the right to avoid hitting them and struck the bridge rail. According to FHP reports the impact knocked down about 30 feet of the rail on 10-mlle bridge about 10 miles west of Fort Pierce on SR 70. The FHP said the two cars failed to stop. No charges were filed and no estimate of damages was made. contract were awarded to E. N. Murray Construction Company of Buena Vista, Ga., and items 5 30 on the contract were awarded to Derrlco Construction Co. of Eau Gallle. According to Hunter, construction will begin as soon as the title is cleared on the property upon which the well Is to be located, possibly within two to three weeks. Rolling stock, equipment, road improvement and cash Is shown on the balance sheet for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 1968. Frank Wacha, commissioner in charge of finances for the county, said the value of the rolling stock and heavy equipment Is $437,565.16, and that office equipment and furniture were valued at $215,105.71. Other equipment Including radios, generators, mowers and pumps, were valued at $143,326.61. Wacha also said that the Improvements at Grumman Aircraft, at the county-owned airport, and leased to the firm, was not included In the total assets of the county. Improvements made by the aircraft company was listed at slightly more than $1 million. Assets of the county listed Include: Cash on hand and in banks, $438,160.09; material and supplies Inventory $11,661.58; county roads, Improvements prior to Sept. 30, 1959, $188,-773.81; county roads, Improvements after Sept. .30, 1959, $1,500,715.36; land, other than right-of-way, $2,373,930.03; right-of-way, for roads Improved, $9.34,032; and right of-way for roads unimproved, $188,100. Listed under liabilities were note payable for a caterplller, $5,551; and note payable for fire truck, $11,396.20. Square Dancing Class Offered STUART The season for adult Western style square" dancing will begin 8 p.m. Thursday, at the Stuart Youth Center, James McMahon, center director, said Monday. McMahon said the program is open to all experienced dancers and Western attire may be worn. "Last year we had a couple In their early 20s dancing with us and we held a birthday party for a man 82 years old," McMahon said. A beginners class will be held this season, and will start when two squares of beginners are signed up, McMahon said. 4 Die In Cave-In SEOUL (UPI) A cave-In at a coal mine killed four miners Sunday at Yongwol, 85 miles west of Seoul, police reported Monday. STUART - The net worth of property owned by Martin County Is $9,368,606.42, an Inventory report released by the County Commission office shows. Bribe Case Defendant Bound Over FORT PIERCE Fort Pierce businessman Joseph Clocca was bound over to Circuit Court, Monday on a charge he offered City of Fort Pierce officials $5,000 to halt condemnation proceedings on a parcel of property. In binding Clocca to the higher court, County Judge Jack Rogers commented the hearing was In no way a trial and that It was only to determine if there was evidence to show that a crime had been committed. Rogers reduced bond on Clocca from $5,000 to $1,000. After Rogers ruled on that case, hearing was begun on the charge against D. Lloyd Johnson, charged with offering the bribe to City Atty. Spencer Gilbert. Ciocca was represented by attorney C. R. McDonald. Johnson's attorney is Charles R. P. Brown. Judge Rogers denied a motion that he disqualify himself from hearing the Ciocca matter, made on grounds he had already told a witness there was probable cause that a crime had been committed. the St. Lucie County League of Women Voters, will telephone returns to the ABC election center for analysis as part of a televised report to the nation. Precinct 14 Is one of a number of a sample of voting units throughout the state chosen by ABC on the basis of past voting history, geographic and population trends. Its voting results will be used to assist in predicting results of tomorrow's presidential election along with other voter trends. . Absentee voting in each has been heavy and well In excess of half of the registration in each county will be voting today, It was said at offices of the respective supervisors of elections. In Glades County, Supervisor Mrs. Esther B. Klutts said paper ballots will be used at all eight precincts and returns may be delayed. A total of 1,463 persons are qualified to vote: 1,436 Democrats, 24 Republicans and three of some other party. In Hendry County, Supervisor Mrs. Elizabeth J. Foote said 4,636 people are qualified to vote in the nine precincts: 4,389 Democrats, 195 Republicans and 52 of some other party. She said Monday 157 absentee ballots had been Issued and 120 returned with more expected. In Okeechobee County, Mrs. Rowena Parkerson, supervisor of elections, said there area total of 4,037 qualified to vote in the six precincts: 3,744 Democrats, 244 Republicans and 49 some other party. She said In early afternoon 200 absentee ballots had been Issued and 152 returned. At Sebrlng, Highlands County Supervisor of Elections Roland X. Droit said 13,477 were qualified to vote In the 14 precincts: 11,168 Democrats, 2,151 Republicans and 158 others. At least half of 700 absentee ballots Lssued had been returned. Citrus Sellers Name officers VERO BEACH The newly formed Southeastern Citrus Marketers Association has named Art Karst, former state representative of Vero Beach, Its president. The cooperative, composed of 20 citrus men, was formed for processing and selling oranges, and will be working through Golden Gem Growers, Inc. a Umatilla cooperative. Officers and directors of the group were chosen at a recent meeting at the Holiday Inn In Fort Pierce. Other officers selectd were vice president Paul Lefman, of Chicago and Fort Pierce, and secretary-treasurer B. E. Green Jr., of Vero Beach. Lincoln Park Area Paving Job Slated ABC To Use Area Precinct In Forecast FORT PIERCE - The Lincoln Park area of Fort Pierce Is In line for paving of almost five miles of Its side-streets. The proceed order on the big paving Job was announced by City Manager George Adklns. Contract In the amount of $647,614.53 was awarded to Dlckerson, Inc., of Stuart, low bidder on the Job. The work will Include curb, gutter and drainage. A later contract will be awarded for sidewalks. This ts expected to be announced In about two months, according to assistant city manager, Mike Wright. The work will be confined to Improvement District No. 1, a city-federal program to upgrade a large area In Lincoln Park. FORT PIERCE Voters In St. Lucie County's Precinct 14 will help determine predictions of the nationwide trend when they cast their ballots today. The precinct, located at Seminole Trailer Park, has been selected as one of a number of "key precincts" throughout the county by American Broadcasting Co. As results are tabulated for Precinct 14 on election night, Mrs. Klnchen Harris and Mrs. Gerald S. James, members of

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